Monday, January 28, 2008

Lara evens series

Finals game 2
Photo courtesy of los Tigres de Aragua

Aragua 2 at Lara 5

W: G. Gonzalez (2-2), L: Silva (0-1) S: F. Rodriguez (1)
Hr: None

Los Cardenales de Lara tied up the series at 1 game each on Thursday. Jesus Silva (Florida) making his first start for Aragua did not work out as well as expected. The former Bravos starter gave up 5 runs (earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 over 4.2 innings.

Lara lost no time getting on the board with Luis Ugueto (F/A) leading off with a single to right field. Marco Scutaro would be hit by a pitch for a walk before Adam Jones (Seattle) hit a sac-bunt to move to the pair. Silva then issued a walk to to Robert Perez (F/A) to fill the bases before a double by Selwyn Langaigne (F/A) scored the first 2 runners. Perez would be taken out at the plate for the second out of the inning, and Jose Lopez (Seattle) would ground out to end the first stanza.

Back-to-back singles in the top of the third by Ronny Cedeno (Chicago Cubs) and Alex Delgado (F/A) put runners on base. Alberto Callaspo (Kansas City) hit into a double play that nabbed Delgado at second, but saw Cedeno safe at 3rd. Luis Rodriguez (San Diego) hit into the outfield and took an extra base on a fielding error by Langaigne as Cedeno scored to make it 2-1 Lara. Edgar Afonzo (Texas) hit to left to bring in Rodriguez for the only two Aragua runs.

With one out Cesar Izturis (St Louis) found his way onto base with an infield hit and took second when Cedeno threw the ball into the dugout. Following a strike out to Ugueto, Scutaro walked. Jones' outfield hit scored Izturis and a double to right brought in Scutaro and Jones to make it 5-2 Lara.

Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) was 4-for-4 for the Cats but did not figure into the scoring, Rodriguez was 1-for-4, Luis Maza (LA Dodgers) as 0-for-3 while Alex Romero (Arizona) as 0-for2.

Ugueto was 1-for-4 with 1 run for the Cardenales. Juan Rincon (Minnesota) worked one inning for the home team getting 1 ground out and 2 fly outs.

The series returns to Jose Perez Colmenarez Stadium for three games on Friday and Sunday before returning to Lara for the final two games in the best-of-seven series (if necessary).

Tigres de Aragua

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